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Broccoli Slaw

February 2010 328 Last week, I discovered an item at the local deli called Broccoli Slaw. While buying cheese, I interrogated the deli manager about how the broccoli salad was made. To my delight, I discovered that it was made of broccoli stems which means I could save a trip to the compost bin by creating a side dish for my family. This salad is very flexible, so use whatever you have on hand to create it.


4 broccoli stems, peeled and julienned ( make about 2 – 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup carrots,  peeled and julienned
2 sticks celery, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 small apple, peeled and julienned
1/2 cup diced almonds
Optional ingredients: jicama, cauliflower, raisins, cranberries

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.


1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
3 tablespoons agave nectar (or 1/4 cup + 1 T.sugar)

Mix dressing ingredients together until well blended. Coat salad with dressing. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Serve cold.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Michael Lee West says:

    I wouldn't have guessed stems! I love the addition of the agave nectar–I'll look for it at the grocery. Hope you have a wonderful, food filled weekend!

  2. Alea, this is a wonderful recipe. Did you know that broccoli stems can be thin cut crosswise and used in stir-frys? Have a great day…Mary

  3. Victoria says:

    That's a great way to use up your stems, it looks really good!

  4. Mary, Isn't funny how once you learn about something new, you see it everywhere? I just saw a post about using stems in stir fry 2 days ago, and yesterday I saw a post about using stems in soup. I am excited about the possibilities!

  5. halfdozendaily says:

    Oh yum! I always read that the stem was the healthiest part of the broccoli for you!! :) This recipe sounds delish!!

  6. I love broccoli stems. This sounds great!

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